Viva Youth Voices is celebrating 30 years of making music. To applaud this achievement, Valdy is
excited to share his vast experience with the kids of Vancouver Island and Gulf Islands. Don’t miss this Viva’s
Vivacity Workshop with facilitator’s Valdy and Yuliya Myers of Viva Youth Voices.
Along with Valdy and Viva’s music director, Yuliya Myers, Viva Youth Voices invites youth to explore the
world of music through percussion, movement, singing, games and song writing for a full day of musical fun.
Valdy (Paul Valdemar Horsdal) is a touring entertainer/singer/songwriter/folksinger/guitarist/
bassist/arranger. Valdy has 16 albums, 22 singles, 4 Gold records, has earned 2 Juno awards, 7 Juno
nominations, Songwriter of the Year and CARAS awards in Folk/Bluegrass categories. Valdy was invested as a
member of the Order of Canada in July 2012. “As a folksinger, I have access to all styles and genres of music
and song.” “Growth of knowledge, and learning a means of applying that knowledge” is what keeps Valdy
going. In July of 2017, Valdy composed a song for the kids called The Future. He organized youth from the
Greater Victoria Area, including Viva singers, rehearsed and performed with the youth at the Victoria Canada
Day event on July 1st at the BC Legislature.
Yuliya Myers Yuliya Myers completed her Bachelor of Music (Academic Choir Conducting) and additionally
completed specialized course work such as vocal teaching, methods working with children and piano
pedagogy at the University of Culture and Arts in Kiev, Ukraine. Yuliya began teaching in Edmonton, Alberta
in 2000 and has worked with many choirs, ensembles and associations in the greater Edmonton area. Yuliya
is an enthusiastic and dedicated educator continually pursuing excellence for her students, ensembles and
choirs. She owned and managed her private music studio for nine years where she was a teacher of piano,
voice and music theory and conducting. Her children’s choirs have consistently won awards at music festivals
winning best overall choir category for two years. Yuliya is very passionate watching children grow in poise,
confidence and musicianship through singing. She is a great believer in excellent musical training and
discipline that choral singing brings to children. Yuliya moved from Edmonton to Victoria in 2016 and is
excited and honoured to conduct for Viva Youth Voices.